Autumn rain forces park closures in southern Utah
An autumn storm poured at least a quarter inch of rain in most areas of Utah.
Southern Utah took the brunt of the storms, said National Weather Service meteorologist Nanette Hosenfeld. Two inches of rain fell on the Midway Valley as of Saturday morning. Cedar City also reported 1.3 inches of rain as of 11 a.m. Saturday, and Beaver reported almost 1.5 inches of rain.
Flooding in Capitol Reef National Park forced closures of its scenic drives and dirt roads, Hosenfeld said.
Over in Arches National Park, the road to Delicate Arch Viewpoint flooded and closed again, according to the park in a tweet. Wolfe Ranch and the Delicate Arch trail are still accessible, the park added.
The storms brought half an inch to three quarters of an inch of rain to most of northern Utah. Friday and Saturday's storms delivered the first half-inch of rain at Salt Lake City International Airport since April. However, once the storms reached Logan, the precipitation petered out to less than a tenth inch
The Wasatch mountain peaks above 8,000 feet also received a dusting of snow, a reminder that winter weather is not far off, Hosenfeld added.
Utah gets a break, for the most part, from the wet weather this week. The NWS in Salt Lake City forecasts mostly clear skies with only a slight chance of rain Tuesday in northern Utah.
Salt Lake City expects a high temperature Sunday of 68 and 71 on Monday; Ogden hits 66 Sunday before climbing to 70 on Monday; Provo looks for 68 and 73 degrees, respectively; Logan 67 and 70; Wendover 67 and 71; Duchesne 62 and 68; Cedar City 64 and 69; St. George 81 and 82; and Moab 71 and 75 degrees.